Want-song is salt. Flamenco cante—salt. Sea chantey—salt. Rihanna—salt.

She serenades me. Weeps, bleeds, sweats. Need seeps free in her melody.

Sings wishes. Whispers silver. Stinging pity. Crimson mists. Lip crisp.

Tom Riordan lives in New Jersey. He’s a retired restaurant worker and teacher, and dreams about becoming pope for his next career.

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